In Kuala Lumpur shopping for nice furniture? You may feel hopeless – most branded furniture comes with a hefty price tag and at first glance our Swedish friends with the famous meatballs seem to be your only hope. But fear not, there are other good furniture shops and KL is full of beautiful Asian furniture – whether it is teak, antiques or “antiques” you are after.
Second hand furniture in KL changes hands mostly through various Facebook forums, and we have a few spots to check for vintage furniture in KL from our hunt for a perfect vintage book cabinet.
Unfortunately prices for new furniture are not as cheap as you would expect, so shop around for those special pieces. These are some of our favourite furniture shops in KL outside the malls and the usual international brands:
Antiques in KL: Ambiance
With shops in MK1, Bangsar Shopping Centre and Ampang, Ambiance is one of the best places to look for Asian antiques, as well as high quality reproduced Chinese furniture. In addition they stock a beautiful array of jewellery, decorative items, and smaller pieces of furniture – that can even fit in a suitcase!
HL Elegant Decoration (ex Treasure Gallery antiques warehouse)
This massive furniture warehouse used to be called Danasti a long time ago, and has relocated from the second location off Jalan Templer in PJ. You may get a bit dusty trawling through the aisles but you are bound to find something you like. We have not been recently, but in 2017 it was at:
No. 38, Jalan Othman
4600 Petaling Jaya
+60 122683149 – but do give them a call before heading out there!
Another Kuala Lumpur shopping classic with beautiful old furniture. They have small shops in Bangsar Village II and Great Eastern Mall, but I recommend a visit to their large showroom in Sunway Damansara, just a stone’s throw from the Curve.
No. 2, Jalan PJU 3/47
Sunway Damansara Technology Park,
47810 Petaling Jaya
Scent of the Orient
A small antiques shop in Damansara Perdana.
39-1 Jalan PJU 8/5A, Bandar Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03 7729 3628
Raintree has upscale Chinese antiques. Check around the area, there are other, more affordable shops in the area that open and close.
Nostagic furniture at Recro and Kedai Bikin
The good old Second Charm in TTDI has reinvented itself as Recro Furniture, specialising in original and reproduced mid-century furniture, it can be found at 53 Lorong Rahim Kajai 13. Kedai Bikin is an up-and-coming design studio that uses nostalgic Malaysian form to create contemporary pieces.
Urban Culture and Fella Design
Urban Culture is a brand of Fella Design that we particularly like. Check the website for showroom locations, but at lest the one in PJ had a floor dedicated to Urban Culture last time I checked.
Playing in the same league with the famous blue-and-yellow superstore, SSF sometimes has good discounts and a variety of furniture, household stuff and decorative items with varying quality. There are number of outlets, the latest (and smallest) one in Hartamas Shopping Centre. They also stock seasonal decoration, something that you are shopping in Kuala Lumpur regularly.
Shops selling trendy furniture seem to be popping out everywhere now. Timeless Design has a large selection, and Joy Design now has an outlet in Bangsar. More Design has a similar collection and an online furniture shop, as does Lancco. Ruma in Atria shopping centre has pretty pieces and home ware. Commune on Jalan Maarof is another one to check out. Oval Damansara has a few shops, including Nostaloft.
Teak furniture in KL
If you are after some classic teak furniture, start from Home Treasures, Teakia, Ethnicraft, AuthenTeak, Taekita and Purser’s Choise in Bangsar Village. Sixteenth Avenue in PJ specialises in solid wood furniture.
Kids’ furniture in KL
One of the most comprehensive kids’ furniture stores is Tomato Kidz.
Rattan art has some great modern pieces, whereas Rattan Decor does other types of furniture too. Read more about Rattan Art here.
Bits and bobs
We’ve managed to satisfy even the rarer hardware needs, like lockable window handles at Houz Depot. Ace Hardware can be found in many malls.
Did we miss out your favourite shop?
Very timely article as I have just moved to KL and am looking for furniture. Any suggestions for places to buy desks? We went to Ikea to buy two desks but the desks won’t be in stock for at least another three weeks.
I’m glad you found the post useful! Ikea would have been my first suggestion for desks, but maybe you could check the SSF outlet in Bandar Sri Damansara. If it is a kids’ desk you are looking for, Hide&Sleep in Publika might have one although they mostly do beds I think. There is also a shop called Tomato Kidz that has a wide range of kids’ furniture. Teakia and Authenteak probably have solid wooden ones, and they also custom make things and many of the antiques shops listed would probably have something that would work as a desk in Asian style. The two latter options would be not in the same price range with Ikea though! Mudah.my is a secondhand selling site that could also be helpful. Good luck!
Hi, I bumped into your post and was happy to see you have heard about our store Tomato KidZ. We just setup a new showroom at Damansara Utama. Thank you. Cheers, Catherine @ TOMATO KidZ
That’s a good update, thanks!
Ambiance is a favourite over our way. They have some smaller items, such a jewellery, that make great gifts to take home too.
Ambience is a favourite with friends on this side of town too.